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Robert Hull [Film Festival 04.18.12]

Our two most anticipated films revolve around violence and the apocalypse. Who woulda thunk? Read on!

A family drama gets tweaked and teased into a tense, sinister home-invasion thriller in Jeremy Power Regimbal’s first directorial effort. After the death of their daughter, Mark and Mary take their son and retreat to a cabin in the woods seeking solace and isolation. The silence is broken almost instantly by a neighboring family who, even on first impressions, seem to get overly familiar too fast. Violence is coming.
Stars: Selma Blair, Josh Close, Rachel Miner, James D'Arcy
More: Official Website

First Winter
A new-age idyll is shattered when a bunch of Brooklynites, tucked away in a remote country farmhouse, are struck by a blackout that leaves them without heat or electricity – and stranded. Their commune’s value and belief system lies exposed to the vagaries of human emotion, and survival instincts. Benjamin Dickinson’s debut feature boasts beautiful landscapes that contrast with his characters’ conflicts – internal and external.
Stars: Lindsay Burdge, Paul Manza, Jennifer Kim, Samantha Jacobs, Matthew Chastain, Kate Lyn Sheil
More: Official Website

Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal
Canada, again … what’s in the water? Actually, it’s not the water you need to worry about; though this movie is based around a washed-up artist, who winds up teaching in a small-town art school. Lars is the artist who lands the job of looking after Eddie. Eddie is the town’s resident eccentric and has a nocturnal secret … and a bad, complicated protein-heavy diet, which ultimately acts as inspiration for Lars. Comedy, horror, art: a great mix, right?! Showing in Tribeca’s Cinemania section.
Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Dylan Smith, Georgina Reilly, Alian Goulem, Paul Braunstein, Stephen McHattie
More: Trailer at the
Tribeca Film Guide

Jack and Diane
What does a story about first love and blossoming romance need to make it stand out? A dash of horror. Jack and Diane (no details yet on sightings of John Cougar Mellencamp) are young, into each other, and free to enjoy one hot New York summer. But Diane has to leave for school in Europe when autumn comes and soon starts to struggle with increasingly dark and violent visions. You probably won’t like her when she’s angry.
Stars: Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Cara Seymour, Kylie Minogue, Dane DeHaan, Michael Chernus
More: On Facebook

Fourth Dimension
Credited to the directing trio of Jan Kwiecinski, Alexey Fedorchenko and Harmony Korine and featuring the crazy novelty of a soundtrack summoned up by Val Kilmer and Nick Zinner (guitarist with Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Fourth Dimension is aching to be cool. In reality (just) the film features a story from each of its directors, with Korine kicking things off with "The Lotus Community Workshop" starring Val Kilmer as … Val Kilmer.
Stars: Val Kilmer, Igor Sergeev, Darya Ekamasova, Tomasz Tyndyk
More: Tribeca Film Guide

Thai writer-director Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe) reveals a non-linear noir-ish thriller that follows the downward spiral of an honest cop dealt a dodgy hand by life. Released from prison after serving time for a murder he didn’t commit, Tul becomes a hitman but a job goes bad and he’s shot in the head (see what happened there?). When he wakes he finds his world has been turned upside down and the route to revenge is in his own hands.
Stars: Nopachai Jayanama, Sirin Horwang, Chanokporn Sayoungkul, Apisit Opasaimlikit, Krerkkiat Punpiputt
More: On Facebook

Consuming Spirits
For the sheer effort expended in its creation Consuming Spirits deserves our attention and awe. This gothic tale of three kindred spirits and their working lives on a midwestern newspaper took filmmaker Chris Sullivan almost 15 years to make. It uses a mixture of animation styles but each was created using 16mm film and achieved shooting frame-by-frame. The tone is often sombre but this feels like beguiling, mesmeric moviemaking.
Stars: (voices) Robert Levy, Nancy Andrews, Chris Sullivan, Chris Harris, Judith Rafael, Mary Lou Zelazny
More: Trailer

Free Samples
How bad can a shift handing out free ice-cream from a mobile truck be? Pretty bad when you’re Jillian and last night’s hangover is still riding you hard. It doesn’t help that your boyfriend is distant, and your proposed law career is also fading from view. The drinking probably isn’t helping, Jillian, but don’t worry, love may be around the corner or then maybe it’s just the beer talking.
Stars: Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Halley Feiffer, Tippi Hedren
More: On Facebook

Freaky Deaky
Elmore Leonard’s wiseass novels, with their whip-crack smart dialogue are perfect ‘pulp’ for movies. It’s a shame so many filmmakers have got them wrong. The latest lenser to have a shot at Leonard’s hard-boiled hooha is Charles Matthau (son of Walter) in this nugget about a disgraced Detroit cop, some double-crossing and, oh yeah, a bit of extortion.
Stars: Crispin Glover, Billy Burke, Michael Jai White, Christian Slater, Sabina Gadecki, Breanne Racano, Andy Dick
More: On Facebook

Revenge for Jolly!
This dark comedy confirms one thing: never, ever, ever, do anything to harm a man’s dog! When his pet pooch meets a sticky end, Harry enlists his cousin Cecil’s help, loads up the car with firepower and heads off in search of the bad guy(s). On their alcohol-fuelled rampage, the not-so dynamic duo bump into a procession of characters who may or may not be involved. With appearances from Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Kevin Corrigan, and Bobby Moynihan, director Chadd Harbold’s first feature is destined to grab attention.
Stars: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe
More: At Tribeca Film Guide

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